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Darwin Correspondence Project

To C. H. Blackley   14 January 1879

Down, | Beckenham, Kent. | Railway Station | Orpington. S.E.R.

Jan 14th / 79

Dear Sir

I must send you a line to thank you for your letter. The notion of the girl those men & women are descended from distinct progenitors is certainly a very ludicrous one.1

Dear Sir | Yours faithfully | Ch. Darwin


Thanks CHB for his anecdote about a provincial girl’s reaction to being told men descended from monkeys.

Letter details

Letter no.
Charles Robert Darwin
Charles Harrison Blackley
Sent from
Source of text
Formerly in the private collection of Dr T. B. Robinson
Physical description
ALS 1p

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 11826F,” accessed on 20 March 2023,